Webinar - The key role of Public Transport to build back better: Health

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The health crisis generated by COVID-19 has had a great impact on all aspects of our daily activities. With over 3 million identified cases and over 250,000 deaths from the virus to date globally, the stakes have never been higher. The way we plan and implement the exit strategies will definitively determine our future. Let´s re-activate activities contributing to sustainable development, i.e. healthy mobility habits with efficient and integrated public transport systems at the backbone.

Around 91% of people worldwide breathe unhealthy air, resulting in about 8 million premature deaths annually. Up to 1/3 of deaths from the leading NCDs (stroke, lung cancer, heart attacks and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are due to air pollution. Health impacts are largest among women, children, older people and the poor.

We feel this is an unmissable opportunity to change things for the better by getting urban space back to the people. In order to reduce the negative stigma associated with public transport in several parts of the world, public transport and active mobility should be recognised and implemented at the core of climate actions.

This 90 minutes (maximum) webinar in English is free of charge. The recording of the webinar will be available afterwards in MyLibrary.

Who are our speakers?​


14:00 - 14:30 CET - Face to face interview: 

  • Mrs. María Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation
  • Mr. Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP


14:30 - 15:30 CET - Roundtable debate with: 

  • Mrs. María Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation
  • Mrs. Gloria Hutt, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Government of Chile
  • Mr. Miguel Gaspar, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Safety, Economy and Innovation, Lisboa
  • Mrs. Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG
  • Mr. Eric Alan Caldwell, Member of the Executive Committee, Responsible for urban planning and mobility, Montreal
  • Mr. Juan José Méndez, Secretary of Transport and Public Works, Buenos Aires

         Moderated by Mr. Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP 

When will it take place?

Monday, 25th May 2020 at 14.00 CEST (Brussels time)

How can I join the webinar?

Click here to register. A few days before the webinar takes place, you will receive an email with a link to connect to the webinar.

What software is used?


If you have never used GotoWebinar, we advise you to check the compatibility with your IT system.


For any question on the webinar, please contact Rui (rui.ribeiro@uitp.org)

E-Peer Review

UITP Academy can assist with an e-peer review on preparing for pandemics, managing the response, and developing integrated action plans for the public transport sector. See how it works and the topics we can offer here.

Please contact Emre Kiran, Head of Training, emre.kiran@uitp.org  for more information.

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